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White Heat

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  285 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Once in a blue moon a book is published that irrevocably changes the face of things. White Heat is one such book. Since it was originally produced in 1990, it has gone on to become one of the most enduring classic cook books of our time. With its unique blend of outspoken opinion, recipes, and dramatic photographs, White Heat captures the magic and spirit of Marco Pierre W ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Mitchell Beazley (first published January 1991)
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Jun 16, 2010 Sara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cooks, fans of photography, fans of marco pierre white, food critics
firstly, i have to comment on how amazing and enigmatic marco pierre white is. very complex, brooding, and simultaneously it's all very simple because he never seems to hold anything back.

i found, almost amusingly, that the layout of this book was almost as pretty as the layout of the different dishes he makes. it's unique for sure, although i don't know if i'm exactly stuck on two full pages for 4-5 words. the photographs in the book are incredible. very crisp and clear for anything concerning
Dan Gorman
The postmodern cookbook of haute cuisine. White's in-your-face ego alternates with a touching degree of honesty (unless that's a pose!) and good humor. This book is the document of an artist firing on all cylinders. The recipes are unfathomably intricate and indulgent (read: expensive to consume), but White's Puck-ish comments on each one make this cookbook into a gonzo trip through White's mind. The photos are some of the best ever taken of a chef in action. A fun quick read.
Only worth reading for the photographs. Really. The attitude and pseudo-biography at the front you can get (and better) from some of the feature newspaper or magazine articles. The recipes are, well, mainly for show. I suppose someone might conceivably making something from this book, but even if you do are you going to be able to have access to the techniques and quality of ingredients that make the dishes what they are? Probably not. Oh, and the comments about each recipe while interesting ten ...more
Marinus Hoogendoorn
This book was given to me by one of my apprentices when he left the job, I have followed MPW ever since, a brilliant chef, lots of emotions and he works from the heart.

Good food is your heart and soul on a plate.

Great personality, I believe this was his first book, a classic in the modern chef era, a must have for inspiring chefs
I will admit that I did not know of Marco until Australia's Masterchef and now, we look forward to his visits every season.
This is everything and more; high class food, incredible stories, stunning photography and true honesty. Magical.
What a nut,and I mean that in the best way.Some of England's best chefs like Gordon Ramsay trained under him.Great opinions,recipes and pics.He dropped out of cooking years ago,but there's always a rumour of a return.
Quote of the century when he turned in his Michelin stars(he was the youngest chef to ever get a star,much less three) "I don't need people who know less about food than me judging me"
Update,he opened a few places,more low key.
Favorite quote from this book,about burning your fingers
Incredibly well written!
The first (and best) cookbook by the Master. The first "fancy" cookbook I ever owned. Aside from being a great cookbook, it's got some beautiful photography, especially the shots of kitchen activity, and the writing gives you a wonderful insight into what drives a chef to be the detail-oriented, fully obsessed madman that you have to be to create great food.
Don't kid yourself, Bourdain is cool, but Marco was the original kitchen "bad boy".
Leizel Mackander
Genius! And to think this was written when MP Dub was in his twenties? Wise, talented beyond his years and constantly striving for perfection, White Heat certainly encapsulates the essence of Marco Pierre White - true madness.
Warot Rodolph
Amazing without any doubt whatsoever
The lobster and Leeks terrine has always completely blow me away!
It's a classic. You kind of have to read it. But it turns out it's actually good.
Sues57 Schroeder
Entertaining, but nothing very surprising. There are some good anecdotes.
Fantastic look at the foodie world from an insider's point of view!
Entertaining description of some amazing recipes.
What can I say, I have a Chef crush on the guy.
Amazing man, amazing life.
reading about who MPW is was hugely entertaining but watching him cook in his White Heat days is awe-inspiring. it's like watching a Monet painting materialize brushstroke by brushstroke before your eyes.
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